Taipei police send out safety warning to drivers

Nearly 16% traffic accidents in Taipei attributed to 'not paying attention'

(Taipei City Police Department photo)

(Taipei City Police Department photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Police Department (TCPD) on Friday (Nov. 1) released a video shot by its traffic division urging drivers to focus on the road to prevent accidents.

TCPD statistics show that there were 108,019 traffic accidents in Taipei from 2017 to October 2019. A total of 16,882, or 15.6 percent, of these accidents were attributed to “not paying attention to the conditions on the road ahead.”

The TCPD’s traffic division called on drivers to stay alert and not use a cellphone while driving. Additionally, drivers were reminded to follow the car in front at a safe distance so they have time to react if an emergency stop is required.

This distance should be increased while driving at night, in rainy or foggy conditions, and while driving downhill or going through a tunnel.

(TCPD photo)

(TCPD video)